The Latest: Trump’s son-in-law denies colluding with Russia
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Russia investigations (all times local):
Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner is denying that he colluded with Russians in the course of President Donald Trump’s White House bid.
Kushner is also declaring that he has “nothing to hide.”
Behind closed doors, the Trump son-in-law spoke Monday to staff members of the Senate intelligence committee for nearly three hours at the Capitol, then made a brief public statement at the White House
Kushner issued an 11-page statement hours before the Capitol session. He detailed four contacts with Russians during Trump’s campaign and transition.
Kushner is trying to explain inconsistencies and omissions in a security clearance form that have invited public scrutiny.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein is calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The California senator is the top Democrat on the committee.
In a letter to committee chairman Sen Chuck Grassley, Feinstein notes that Sessions hasn’t been before the committee since his January confirmation hearing.
She says it’s important the committee hear directly from Sessions in light of a Washington Post report last week. That story said intelligence intercepts showed the Russian ambassador to the U.S. told Moscow that he and Sessions had discussed campaign-related issues.
Sessions has said he has no recollection of ever discussing the Trump campaign with the ambassador.
Trump recently lashed out at Sessions in a New York Times interview. He also described Sessions as “beleaguered” in a tweet Monday.
White House senior adviser and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner says he did not collude with Russia.
Kushner spoke to reporters at the White House Monday after meeting with Senate investigators probing Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible ties to the Trump campaign. Kushner told reporters he wanted to be “very clear.” He said he “did not collude with Russia nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so.”
Kushner says he “had no improper contacts” with Russia and says his actions were entirely “proper.”
Kushner left his private meeting with Senate investigators, nearly three hours after it began. He delivered a brief statement upon his return to the White House but did not answer reporters’ questions.
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law has concluded his meeting with Senate investigators probing Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Jared Kushner left the private meeting around 12:25 p.m., nearly three hours after it began. A man tried to hand him a Russian flag and police stopped him.
Kushner is to make a public statement from the White House Monday afternoon.
In a written statement released before the committee meeting, Kushner said he never colluded with Russians looking to help Trump beat Hillary Clinton and does not know of anyone who did.
He disclosed four interactions with Russians during the campaign and transition, saying he had nothing to hide. Those were with the Russian ambassador to the U.S., a Russian banker and a Russian lawyer said to have damaging information about Clinton.
Kushner was to meet Tuesday with the House intelligence committee.
House Speaker Paul Ryan says special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, isn’t a biased partisan.
Ryan’s comments in a radio interview in Milwaukee come as President Donald Trump repeatedly has dismissed Mueller’s investigation as a political witch hunt.
On the “Jay Weber Show,” Ryan was asked why more Republicans aren’t defending Trump in light of the Mueller investigation.
Ryan says the facts uncovered through the Mueller and congressional investigations will “vindicate themselves.” And he says there’s no question that Mueller is a Republican, noting that he was first appointed FBI director under Republican President George W. Bush in 2001.
Ryan says, “I don’t think many people are saying Bob Mueller is a biased partisan. He’s anything but.”
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law has arrived for questioning by Senate investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible links to the Trump campaign.
Jared Kushner is speaking in a closed session Monday to staff on the Senate intelligence committee. Earlier, he released an 11-page statement detailing four contacts with Russians during Trump’s campaign and transition.
Kushner in those prepared remarks says he “did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government.”
Kushner is to meet with lawmakers on the House intelligence committee Tuesday.
President Donald Trump is calling the top Democrat on the House intelligence panel “sleazy” for conducting what he says is a “biased” Russia investigation.
The president tweeted Monday that “Sleazy Adam Schiff, the totally biased Congressman looking into ‘Russia,’ spends all of his time on television pushing the Dem loss excuse!”
Trump has repeatedly called the investigation a “witch hunt” spearheaded by Democrats because of the Republican victory in 2016.
California Rep. Schiff has been an outspoken advocate of hearing testimony from Trump associates on their contacts with Russian officials during last year’s election.
President Donald Trump is questioning why those investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion by members of his campaign aren’t digging into Hillary Clinton’s “crimes & Russia relations.”
In doing so, the president took his latest swipe at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, including him in the list of people who he says should be investigating Clinton’s potential Russia links.
Trump tweeted Monday, “So why aren’t the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?”
Sessions recused himself from the investigation earlier this year after it was revealed that he had met with a top Russian diplomat last year.
Trump condemned Sessions’ recusal in a New York Times interview last week, saying he never should have taken the job as attorney general.
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law says he received a “random email” during the presidential campaign from someone claiming to have Trump’s tax returns and demanding ransom to keep the information secret.
Jared Kushner says he interpreted the email as a hoax. Kushner says the email came from a person going by the name “Guccifer400.” The name is an apparent reference to Guccifer 2.0, an anonymous hacker who has claimed responsibility for breaking into the Democratic National Committee’s computer systems.
Kushner says the emailer demanded payment in Bitcoin, an online currency. Kushner says he showed the email to a Secret Service agent, who told him to ignore it. Kushner disclosed the details of the email ahead of a closed-door interview Monday with a Senate committee investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.
The son-in-law of President Donald Trump is blaming his assistant for filing a version of his security clearance questionnaire that left off any contacts with foreign governments.
Jared Kushner says the assistant accidentally filed the questionnaire while it was still being prepared. He says the initial form left off all foreign contacts, not just ones with Russians. Kushner says he eventually disclosed more than 100 contacts with people from more than 20 countries. Kushner says that list includes the King of Jordan, the prime minister of Israel and a high-ranking Mexican government official.
Kushner is disclosing the information about his foreign contacts just hours before he speaks behind closed doors with a Senate committee investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and any possible collusion with Trump associates.
The son-in-law of President Donald Trump says a June 2016 meeting with a Russian-American lawyer was such a “waste of time” that he asked his assistant to call him out of the gathering.
That’s according to a statement Jared Kushner is providing to congressional committees this week.
Emails released this month show Donald Trump Jr. accepted the meeting at Trump Tower with the idea that he would receive damaging information about Hillary Clinton. But Kushner says he hadn’t seen those emails until recently shown them by his lawyers.
Kushner says in his statement that Trump Jr. invited him to the meeting. He says he arrived late and heard the lawyer discussing the issue of adoptions. He says he texted his assistant to call him out of the meeting.
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law says that he only had four contacts with Russians during the campaign and presidential transition and that none of them were improper.
Jared Kusher also says he never colluded with any foreign government during the presidential campaign. He also is denying that Russians finance any of his business in the private sector.
Kushner is disclosing the information in an 11-page statement provided to The Associated Press. The release of the statement comes just hours before he is to be interviewed by a Senate committee investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and any possible collusion by Trump associates.
The interview with the Senate intelligence committee is behind closed doors.
Congressional investigators probing Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election will have their first opportunity this week to hear from someone in President Donald Trump’s innermost circle: son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Kushner, who is a senior adviser to the president and is married to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, will talk to staff on the Senate Intelligence Committee Monday behind closed doors. On Tuesday, he’ll talk privately to members of the House Intelligence Committee.
Both panels are investigating Russian interference and possible connections to Trump’s campaign. Kushner has attracted attention for a December meeting with a leading Russian diplomat. He oversaw digital strategy for the campaign, and some lawmakers have said they want more answers about whether Russian social media “trolls” were connected to Trump’s election efforts.